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Dromana 5

Dromana 5, Friday 20th June, 2014.

The circus rolls on! Race number seven, on the evening before mid-summer, brought a large number to Villierstown by the Blackwater. A total of  159 athletes ran the Dungarvan Leader Dromana 5 for the Michael C. Nagle Trophy.

I went along, having biked very hard the previous evening, and so I was completely content to enjoy the views along the Blackwater. I jogged along at an easy 10-minute mile pace in good company all the way with Jackie and Ann.

Arriving in Cappoquin

Arriving in Cappoquin. There’s Jackie…and there’s Ann

Not much writing this time, but loads of pictures.

Easy does it...spot the caterpillars?

Easy does it…spot the caterpillars?

The race coincided with the 10th anniversary Cappoquin Cornerstone Festival, and the town was buzzing with music at the finish.

10th Anniversary Cappoquin Cornerstone Festival

10th Anniversary Cappoquin Cornerstone Festival


Colm & Linda Nagle present Michael C Nagle Trophy to race winner Philip Harty

Colm & Linda Nagle present Michael C Nagle Trophy to race winner Philip Harty

Race Results here

Official WWAC Club race report (to follow)

Here are some very interesting links to information about the very dramatic & beautiful  Dromana Bridge:

Jean Tubridy, socioligist

Dromana House & Gardens

Documenting Ireland

Interesting document by Cappoquin Heritage Group 2007 from Cappoquin Civic Link

Finally, as this evening is more about scenery, appreciation of being out in God’s good air and some local Cappoquin links, here’s my favourite, a poem written by John Betjeman, (© John Betjeman Society) reviewed by Joan Clancy Gallery. The poem mentions Dungarvan, yet there are links in Betjamin’s life to the Stuarts of Dromana House

And, since my run this evening was very casual, I was able to take in my surroundings much more than in proper racing. Here’s my Dromana Gallery for you to enjoy.

Dromana Bridge

Dromana Bridge, 1849. Click picture to follow to GALLERY

This ended up more about Dromana and it’s heritage than about running! If you notice any incorrect / broken links please let me know. Beir bua!


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Official report from West Waterford Athletics Club: (Originating link here)


There don’t come much better than this, was one comment heard before the start of last Friday evenings 22nd Annual Dungarvan Leader Dromana 5 mile road race, yes indeed it was a super evening for road running and where better to be running on such a glorious evening than on the famed Dromana drive where race number 7 in the Ger Wyley Sports/SKINS summer series of road races which is now in its 20th season took place. The race this year was one of the events which kick started the 10th Cappoquin Cornerstone Carnival weekend in the town and the crowds were out in force making the race finish a hive of excitement and activity as all 165 runners came into the square to finish this year’s race. We must also mention the great turn out of walkers who came along to this year’s event from Melleary and surrounding areas to take part in the event ,we hope to see them and many more take on the 5 mile challenge again next year. The overall winner this year was West Waterford’s Philip Harty, and he did it with style. Philip lead a group of 4 up the village of Villerstown and past the homestead of one of Ireland’s greatest sports men John Treacy. This group consisted of Philip his brother Tony, Kevin Kenneally and Tom Bennett they were locked together still at the 1 mile mark which was timed at 5.30,The group kept in close contact through mile 2 in 11.13, shortly after the paced went to another level when Philip blew the group of 4 apart with a 5 minute mile crossing the 3 mile road marker on his own in 16.13. At mile 4 he threw in a 5.20 and it was plain sailing to the finish in Cappoquin crossing the line in 26.11.The race for the runner up spot was battled out between Kevin Kenneally and Tom Bennett who were part of the earlier 4 man pack, they both shared the pacing for much of the remainder of the race with a hairs breath between them ,But on the sprint into the finish the battle for 2nd place on this occasion was to be won by Kevin Kenneally, its unbelievably the 4th time in this year’s series that Kevin has finished runner up so  victor must surely be on the cards in the not too distance future for him. Kevin took that runner up placing with a time of 27.39 and Tom was just 5 seconds behind after putting up a great fight to finish 3rd in 27.44.John Leahy worked his way through the field nicely to take 4th pace in 28.23 and West Waterford’s DCU student Damien Murphy took 5th place in 28.43. Unfortunately for one of our early race leaders Tony Harty an injury meant he had to cut back his pace and he eventual he finished disappointingly for him in 6th place. West Waterford AC won the two team prizes and a total of 13 runners breaking the 30 minute barrier on the night. The race was well organised once again by Trevor Mason and his crew who deserve great credit for their efforts in keeping the organisational standard’s of this race at a very high level for all of these years.

Men’s Results

Philip Harty West Waterford AC 26.11

Kevin Kenneally West Waterford AC 27.39

Tom Bennett IND 27.44

John Leahy West Waterford  AC 28.23

Damien Murphy West Waterford AC 28.43

Team Prizes

West Waterford AC-A: Tony Harty, Tom Leahy, Anthony Flynn.

West Waterford AC- B: Andrew Leary, Mossie Keogh , Martin Mc Carthy


The lady who is setting the road running scene alight presently was once again unstoppable last Friday evening in Dromana. Martina O Dwyer Carrick AC brought her tally of series wins for 2014 to 5 from 7 races. Martina to date has had victories at the Butlerstown 4 miler, the Waterford to Tramore 7.5, the Touraneena 5k,  the Clashmore 5 and now Dromana 5. It was really a case of yet another emphatic victory for her in a fine time of 30.55.Martina is to the fore in all Local races in the south presently and from the gun she set a pace which no other could match on the night and she arrived in Cappoquin clear of the second lady Sinead Mansfield who clocked 31.22 which on another day would be a time which could very well be fast enough to win this particular race but with the form of the Carrick lady it would take almost a course record effort to beat her. Martina becomes the 4th recipient of the Mason Family Shield which was put up by the Mason Family 4 years ago to be  awarded to the female winner of the race each year, to complement the men’s winner receiving the Michael C. Nagle memorial; trophy which is awarded to the overall race winner. Third on the night was Irene Clarke  with a time of 35.08, Irene puts great planning into her running and is now getting just rewards running excellent times over a variation of distances this year, Sandra Prendergast is another West Waterford AC lady who is regularly among the prize winners in these races Sandra who hails from Lismore is improving with each outing, she clinched 4th lady home with a time of 35.21 Niamh O Donovan is taking her race times down to a very good standard now and her 36.23 posting last Friday evening was good enough for 5th Lady finisher. just like the men’s race it was a 1-2 for the team awards with West Waterford AC claiming all. Well done to all the ladies.

Ladies Results

Martina O Dwyer Carrick AC 30.55

Sinead Mansfield West Waterford AC 31.22

Irene Clarke  West Waterford AC 35.08

Sandra Prendergast West Waterford  AC 35.21

Niamh O Donovan West Waterford AC  36.23

Ladies Teams

West Waterford AC-A: Karen Ryan, Orla O’ Mahoney, Ann Dunford

West Waterford AC-B: Mary Dyer, Brigid Coffey, Anne Massey


West Waterford AC would like to thank all who contributed to the success of last Fridays race, a sincere thank’s to Colm and Linda Nagle and all the staff at the Dungarvan Leader for their kind sponsorship of the Dromana 5 for the 22nd year in succession and for their on-going support of athletics through our weekly column in The Dungarvan leader newspaper. Thanks to Colm Linda and Evan who came along to present the winner’s with their prizes. We must also take this opportunity on behalf of the club and all involved in athletics locally  to wish the Nagle family all the very best with their new venture Nagles Bar on the Square Dungarvan. To Villierstown Community hall committee for the use of the hall for registration many thanks. To all involved with the Cappoquin cornerstone festival weekend of which the race was part of this year. Our thanks to Fintan and  Alice Murray’s Cornerstone take-away for their help with the food for the athletes .To all the steward’s on the course, time keepers, entries and results administrators van helpers and photographers whose help is invaluable in the organisation of any road race. Thanks to Hallahan coaches for the use of their bus to bring the runners to the start in Villierstown. A special thank you to Nora and Danny Flynn and staff at the Central Bar Cappoquin for again hosting the presentation of prizes and for supplying all with hot showers after the race. Ger Mason and family have been associated with this race for all of the 22 years and some years ago they presented the race with a beautiful silver cup which is  presented to the winning lady each year, Finally our thanks again to our local race co-ordinator of the event Trevor Mason and his family for all their work behind the scenes making sure our 22nd annual visit to the Dromana 5 was a memorable one for all. see you all for the 23rd.


The winners of the Suzana Malikova Sports Massage vouchers for the Dungarvan Leader Dromana 5 miler were Ted O Leary and Linda Garcia. Our thanks go to Suzana for donating these prizes to the summer series. Suzana is available for sports Massage at the Alternative Health Clinic in Abbeyside, 087-1218721 for appointment.


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